16 versatile kitchen diner ideas

If you're planning on creating a kitchen diner or simply want a bit of inspiration, take a look at these versatile kitchen diners to create the perfect space in your own home

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A kitchen diner is a practical and sociable addition to any home, even if you already have a dining room in another part of the house. A kitchen diner can be useful as a breakfast room, as a quick stop for a meal in a busy household, or a large, open-plan, social space for people who just love entertaining.

If you’re planning on redesigning your kitchen area, or simply want a bit of inspiration, take a look at these beautiful, flexible and versatile kitchen diners to help you create the perfect family space in your own home.


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1. A kitchen diner in a country cottage

This pretty kitchen diner is separated by a large, traditional butcher’s block, which sits in the middle of the room and acts as a kitchen island. The little dining table is the perfect place to sit for an afternoon coffee at the weekend and read the paper, or even to enjoy a family meal.

country cottage kitchen diner

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2. A pretty Victorian kitchen diner

The white dining table and chairs in this Victorian cottage kitchen complement the neutral room scheme and add to the bright and airy feel of the space. It is the perfect place for an early breakfast on those busy week days.

victorian cottage kitchen diner

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3. Open-plan highland cottage

This open plan kitchen diner, with its eclectic mix of cabinets and storage, is a wonderful place for family meals. There is enough room for a large table with six seats, which doesn’t impact upon the kitchen space.

highland cottage kitchen diner

4. Coastal cottage kitchen diner

A circular table is a good option for a kitchen diner where space is a bit more limited, but also is more social as everyone can see each other and talk. This rustic dining table contrasts beautifully with the deep red paint on the wall dresser behind.

coastal cottage kitchen diner

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5. Dining in a Swedish summerhouse

This open-plan kitchen diner is so large, there’s enough space for a family dining table, along with a small children’s tea table for play time. The kitchen runs along the back wall, providing easy access to carry food to the table.

Swedish summerhouse kitchen diner

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6. Colourful kitchen diner

A wall has been part knocked through to create this open-plan kitchen diner. The continuation of wall colour helps to create a seamless transition between the spaces, while the change in flooring defines the separate areas.

Devon farmhouse kitchen diner

7. A kitchen in a Victorian villa

This eclectic kitchen diner is a warm and cosy place for winter dinners, with the traditional range cooker dominating one wall. The dining table sits in the middle of this social space, and opening out to the conservatory and the garden beyond, it is filled with light.


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8. Farmworker’s retro kitchen diner

This retro dining table and chairs add a contemporary element to this lovely kitchen in a farmworker’s cottage. The shaker-style kitchen cabinets are painted in a pale blue, while the  alternating chair colours add a point of interest to the space.


9. From Swedish smallholding to weekend retreat

Kitchen diners don’t have to be big spaces with lots of room for seating. This small kitchen manages to squeeze in a little table, perfect for breakfast or a quick meal, without the table and chairs encroaching on the cooking space.

a kitchen diner in a swedish smallholding

10. Georgian farmhouse kitchen

This Georgian farmhouse kitchen diner is filled with clever storage, so there’s plenty of space for the large dining table, benches and chairs. The neutral  paint scheme makes the room feel big and bright, and the layout is definitely social.

kitchen diner in a georgian farmhouse

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11. Listed farmhouse kitchen diner

As well as being a place to sit down for lunch or dinner with family and friends, the dining table in this kitchen diner doubles as a food preparation area. The rustic, reclaimed dining table and tiled flooring add character to the room, while the units are simple and practical.

grade-ii listed farmhouse kitchen diner

12. A tiny kitchen

This cleverly designed, tiny kitchen area has been fitted in an arched recess, and combined with a dining room to turn it into a practical and characterful space. The layout on two tiers helps to create the impression of separate zones.

wool weavers cottage kitchen diner

13. Dining in a country home

This long, thin kitchen opens out at the far end, providing enough space for a rustic kitchen table and traditional windsor style dining chairs. The dark wooden furniture stands out against the clean, white walls and olive green kitchen units.

kitchen diner in a renovated cotswold home

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14. Thatched cottage kitchen diner

In this Irish thatched cottage, this traditional kitchen diner stays true to the original 18th-century layout, when the family would have eaten together in the kitchen. The appeal of open-plan living has come back into fashion.


15. An upcycled kitchen diner

This small kitchen is home to a tiny breaksfast table, a perfect spot for two people to relax over afternoon tea. The table is small enough that it doesn’t impact upon the space too much, while  providing enough room for dining in comfort.


16. French family kitchen

This stylish little kitchen diner is perfect for a small family. The transparent chairs give the illusion of more space, and the L-shaped configuration ensures that there is plenty of room for food preparation, on worktops and beside the oven.

a kitchen diner in a french family home